Pennsylvania to lift COVID-19 mask mandate by June 28

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said Pennsylvania expects to lift its mask mandate on or before June 28, citing broad success in vaccinating adults.

The state previously announced that the mandate would be lifted when 70% of adults were fully vaccinated. Beam said that 70% of adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as of May 26. Currently 53% of adults are fully vaccinated in the state, and anyone age 12 or older is eligible to receive a shot.

Just in time for the almost-total reopening of Pennsylvania on Memorial Day, COVID-19 transmission in Allegheny County has declined in the past week to fewer than 100 new cases a day — the first time that’s happened since September. 

“This is an exciting time,” said Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] Director Dr. Debra Bogen in a Wednesday press briefing. “With more and more people getting vaccinated, the number of new cases continues to decline.”

At least half of every eligible age group in the county has been at least partially vaccinated, except for 15-to-19 year-olds and 12-to-14 year-olds. The county has only just recently begun vaccinating children 12 to 15. The percentages of county residents who have received at least one vaccine dose vary among age groups:

  • 65 and older: 98%
  • 50-64: 74%
  • 35-49: 66%
  • 20-34: 50%
  • 15-19: 37%
  • 12-14: 9%

Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen (courtesy of Allegheny County)

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Pennsylvania to lift COVID-19 mask mandate by June 28

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